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Cemetery Details

Location Thanbyuzayat, Mawlamyine District, Myanmar
Co‑ordinates N15.972957, E97.718567

Myanmar (Burma)

Extract from CWGC site (see link)

The notorious Burma-Siam railway was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma.

It was built by a slave labour force of Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, and civilians drafted from countries occupied by the Japanese.

During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar).

Two major groups of workers began at opposite ends of the line towards the centre. The Japanese aimed at completing the railway in 14 months and work began in October 1942. The line, 424 kilometres long, was completed by December 1943.

The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the Burma-Siam railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated) that could be located, were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar.



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BROWNLIE, Alexander John Charles

Service number VX47319
2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 7 Jun 1915

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MCLEARY, Harold James

Service number QX14555
Born 25 Mar 1903

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ARMIT, William Fancourt Gifford

Service number VX65186
2nd/10th Ordnance Workshop
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 15 Feb 1915

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BARRY, Sidney Roy

Service number VX18976
2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 28 Oct 1900

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WEST, Ronald Peter

Service number SX9796
8th Division Salvage Unit
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 13 Jun 1917

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ORAM, Edward Charles

Service number VX500...
General / Motor Transport Companies
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 8 Nov 1896

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Service number TX5866
2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 26 Jul 1922

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DAVEY, Arthur Francis

Service number QX207...
General / Motor Transport Companies
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 28 May 1905

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